Pedilanthus tithymaloides (Devil's Backbone)

Pedilanthus tithymaloides (Devil's Backbone)



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Pedilanthus tithymaloides (Devil's Backbone) – 1 pc

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About Plant- The scientific name for this plant, Pedilanthus tithymaloides, means foot-shaped flower. The plant is native to the American tropics but only hardy in USDA zones 9 and 10. It makes a superb houseplant with its 2-foot (0.5 m.) tall stems, alternate leaves and colorful “flowers” which are actually bracts or modified leaves. The leaves are lance shaped and thick on wiry stems. The bract color may be white, green, red, or pink.


Pedilanthus tithymaloides (Devil's Backbone) Care


Light- Devil’s backbone houseplant likes bright indirect sunlight. Plant in direct sun in fall and winter, but give it a little protection from stinging hot rays in spring and summer.


Soil- This plant require well-drained soil. Use a commercial mixture formulated for cacti or succulent.


Water- Water the plants when the top few inches of soil feel dry. Keep it only moderately moist, yet not soggy.


Fertilizer- The plant produces the best growth with a once per month fertilizer solution diluted by half. Devil’s backbone houseplant does not need to be fed in the dormant seasons of fall and winter.


Repotting- Repot your plant every three to five years or as needed in a rich houseplant mix with plenty of sand mixed in to increase drainage. Use unglazed pots, which allow excess moisture to freely evaporate and prevent wet root damage.


Choose a draft free location in the home when growing Pedilanthus indoors. It doesn’t tolerate cold breezes, which can kill off the tips of the growth.



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